Honduran student shares his journey with a smile

GUSTAVO ABEL REYES
AGE: 22
HOME: TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS
MAJOR: FOOD SCIENCE
HOBBIES: PLAYING BASKETBALL, GRAPHIC DESIGN AND PLAYING VIDEO GAMES
FAVORITE SAYING: “A JACK OF ALL TRADES, IS A MASTER OF NONE.”
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Many people know Gustavo Able Reyes by his charming smile and bright, positive attitude. Even though he describes himself as a normal guy, there are quite a few things that build his personality.

What makes him unique, Reyes noted with a smile, was pretty obvious.

“Here in the states, I’m from a different country. I speak a different language,” he said.

Approaching the subject again, Reyes thought more about who he was as a person and what people would say was special about him if they were asked.

“People say that I smile a lot, that I am always happy,” Reyes said.

The food science major from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, started his journey to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln almost four years ago. Reyes attended a bilingual high school in his hometown and decided his senior year that he wanted to study abroad for college.

After getting accepted at Nebraska and a few other colleges, Reyes did some research about the cities they were located and decided he liked Lincoln and its size.

“I kind of wanted to come to Lincoln to focus a little bit more,” Reyes said. “Nebraska seemed like the place to go.”

With all of his family members back in Honduras, Reyes is on his own in Lincoln, but he isn’t lonely. In fact, one of his favorite parts of coming to UNL and living in Lincoln has been meeting all kinds of different people, making new friends and expanding his connections.

After four years at UNL, Reyes said he is happy about his decision to study here. If getting a job here in meat processing doesn’t pan out, he may just be back to the states for grad school. Reyes dreams of one day owning his own meat processing plant, where he could create new sausage recipes, make them and source them out to stores.

The biggest part of studying abroad for Reyes was becoming independent and learning to focus on what made him happiest.

“I’ve learned how to know myself, what do I do to make this better, what I like and don’t like to do,” he said.

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